Photos by Lindsey Kaiser

  • Randy McCormack, educational coordinator for Rookery Bay National Estuary Reserve.
  • American flags were placed at the grave sites of many veterans lying at the Marco Island Cemetary on Monday.
  •  Local architect and veteran Herb Savage sang God Bless America at the close of the service. Savafe served with the Army in World War II and was recalled to the Korean War while he was serving in the Army Reserves in 1950.
  • Veteran Dave Gardner presented the colors at the beginning of the Memorial Day service hosted by Marco Island's Veterans of Foriegn Wars Post 6370 on Monday.
  • Despite having levied a $200 a day fine against the owner of this property on 1220 Samoa Ave., city officials have been unsuccessful in enticing him to clean up and repair damage sustained by Hurricane Wilma.
  •  Mourners gathered Monday afternoon at San Marco Catholic Church for the funeral of Kristen Stone, a Marco teen who was killed in a car accident last week.
  • George Mochnal circulated the lagoon area searching for garbage and debris. Keep Collier Beautiful, the area’s local chapter of Keep America Beautiful, began their efforts about 17 years ago out of concern for the health of Naples Bay. Since then, the event has expanded to cover many sites across Collier County, including some in Immokalee and Golden Gate that are not situated on the beach.
  • Volunteers signed up and received assignments before heading out to the beach armed with gloves and plastic bags. Friends of Tigertail hosts several clean-ups a year at the beach.
  • Susan LaGrotta of Friends of Tigertail organized the group’s clean up efforts, which numbers as one of many that took place Saturday across the county as part of the national Bay Days clean up.
  • Volunteers gathered before 8 a.m. to begin the clean up. Friends of Tigertail organizers estimated that about 30 people would arrive to participate in the event.
  • George Engstrom won the reverse raffle and chose to split his winnings in half with a team from the Sunrise club.
  • An exuberant Kelly Townsend led the Noontime club in a song about Marco Island set to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
  • The Sunrise club took home the trophy for the second year during the annual song competition.
  • President of the Sunrise club M.A. Kline cuts a rug with president-elect Zack Cecemski.
  • 	Al Diaz announced the winners of the reverse raffle — ten people were chosen at random to win a small prize and a winner was chosen from that pool.
  • Protesters of ReMax Realty caused quite a stir Friday while demonstrating against what they consider unethical business practices: a three-car accident and an unwelcome shower from sprinklers ensued while the unhappy customers lined the sidewalk on North Collier Boulevard.
  • Protesters of ReMax Realty caused quite a stir Friday while demonstrating against what they consider unethical business practices: a three-car accident and an unwelcome shower from sprinklers ensued while the unhappy customers lined the sidewalk on North Collier Boulevard.
  • Betsy Sasser and other garden club members dressed like clown as part of the circus theme.
  • Linda spell won the Tricolor Award with this arrangement featuring spider chrysanthemum, asparagus fern and bells of Ireland.
  • Mary Marcotte's winning entry featured a Gerbera daisy, button mums and foliage.
  • Aside from the competition, the Calusa Garden Club also hosted a plant sale.
  • Taylor Caudill, 9, and Dalton Farmer, 10, occupied themselves braiding palm fibers for necklaces.
  • According to Rookery Bay Board Member Pat Carroll, pioneer women considered dutch ovens a luxury. Carroll and other volunteers cooked apple pie, peach cobbler and biscuits for guests using the period method.
  •  Volunteer Dick Workman demonstrated how Calusa Indians and pioneer women wove palm leaves for clothing. Calusa men, he said, used the woven fiber to build codpieces, and women living in settlements would sell the finished fronds to haberdashers for extra income. It's not a cerebral activity, he continued. 'If you think about what you're trying to do, you mess up.'
  • The Marco Island Plein Air Artists came to the celebration on Saturday to paint the landscape.
  • Jill Maas and her daughter Carmen, 4, colored at the Ding Darling exhibit alongside Katie Derwin, 7.
  • 'Captain Ecology,' also known as teacher Shawn Totten from Marco Island Charter Middle School, entertained crowds Saturday at Mackle Park's Conservation Celebration. A host of area agencies took part to help educate young and old alike about our valuable natural resources.
  • On hand to cut the ribbon for the trail were Preserve Manager Melissa Hennig, County Commissioner Donna Fiala, City Council Chairwoman Terri DiSciullio and Bill Poteet, the chairman of the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee.
  • Some original structures remain on the site, such as this outhouse and a shell wall that cuts through the preserve.
  • 	Jean Belknap manned the table with all the artifacts workers found on the site last summer. One indicator of a shell mound is the presence of gumbo limbo trees because they like disturbed earth, she said, and they are all over the Otter Mound site.
  • Protesters lined up along Collier Boulevard on Thursday morning to inform the public of what they consider to be the unethical business practices of Enterprise Construction. Many people have filed lawsuits against the company for not finishing their homes.
  • Author Marilyn S. Land presented her book, The Dollmaker, to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island Sisterhood on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Aside from the auction, organizers also held a 50-50 raffle, door donations and cookie sales to reach the event's $10,000 goal.
  • Fundraiser organizer Steve Reynolds auctioned off about 70 items that would raise money for the Cameron Elliott Burn Fund.
  • Extra hands Bonnie Draper and Karen Goldeach collaborating on which auction items should be next.
  • Employees of Greensward make one of their last trips to the current Marco Island Recycling Center on Wednesday. The station is scheduled to be closed for up to a year due to a landswap agreement between the City of Marco Island and Collier County.
  • Marco Island firefighters responded to the scene of a small gas spill Thursday morning at the Kwik Stop on North Collier Boulevard.
  • Biologist Julie Zickefoose presented her book Letters from Eden on Friday night to a packed house. The book is a compilation of her essays and is illuminated with her own watercolor paintings.
  • Participants were able to get a close-up view of live raptors, such as thing bald eagle, thanks to the Audubon’s Center for Birds of Prey.
  • Morton illustrated the Reverend Kyle Bennett's first childrens book Sandy Castle.
  •  Tazewell Morton's art is heavily influenced by the culture of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf coast.
  • Mothers of Marco President Kris Hodgdon and member Kathy Faria accepted a check from Christmas Island Style Chairman Steve Stefanides and a sleigh full of toys from the Marco Riders on Monday. The sleigh is a gift that will be added to the Christmas Island Style inventory since Tom Phillips of Tom Phillips Enterprises, Inc. built and donated the sled. Phillips said he choose to contribute to the celebration by giving the committee the sleigh since he was unable to participate in the street parade Dec. 16.
  • On Friday, Steve Hagmann, left, was awarded the first Firefighter of the Month award from Howard Montgomery, Marco Community Bank president.
  • Carol Butcher Newspaper Carrier  'A hundred dollars. They've been on the route now for about a year.'
  • Joe Mirabilia Owner, Joe's Barber Shop  'It was a $50 bill and that was because I've been doing his hair since 1978.'
  • Joanne Thomas Kindergarten Teacher Tommie Barfield Elementary  'Candy, homemade cookies, candles. (Students) feel wonderful about (giving), it makes them feel very good. I think that children giving gifts is a wonderful idea, but I think it's even more meaningful if the child makes the gift or draws a picture.'
  • Clare Campbell, a member of the Red Hat Ladies, walked down the 'runway' as Sandra Dee during the group's presentation of Hoot Couture.
  • President Cindy Anderson and the Marco Island Historical Society keep trucking on their campaign drive to raise money to the Marco Island Historical Museum.
  • Pat Borninski, Jan Ossendryver, Jackie Ford and Trudy Schmitt had time to pose for a photo during preparations for the show.

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